How to Preserve Your Wedding Dress
Wedding dresses are a sentimental piece that can be passed down for generations to come. A wedding dress is one of the most important purchases that a woman can make, and is often one of the major expenses of a wedding. Once you’ve purchased your wedding dress at our Montreal wedding boutique, you must take special care of it must be taken to keep the dress in perfect condition. It’s not at all difficult to maintain the quality of your wedding. Here are a few simple things to keep in mind when it comes to hanging, storing, and cleaning the dress.
Hanging Your Wedding Dress
Wedding dress materials aren’t known for their strength and durability. Rips, split seams and/or other damages can be easily avoided by simply hanging your dress, properly. Hanging a wedding dress is different from hanging a regular dress. The weight of the wedding dress can easily rip or tear if used on a regular hanger. Instead, small loops of fabric sewn into the interior of the dress should be used to hang the gown safely. These loops are placed on the strongest seams in the gown. These offer sufficient support for the weight of the gown and avoids any possible damages. Only the professional services offered at our Montreal wedding boutique should occupy themselves with this task.
Cleaning Wedding Dresses
It may be a redundant statement to say that a wedding dress should be dry cleaned, but choosing a dry cleaner should be done carefully. Before picking a dry cleaner, make sure that they process all of their clothes on site and that they do their work by hand instead of using an automated system. Try to narrow down your search for dry cleaners that specialize in wedding dresses. This way, they are more familiar with the material especially if it’s intricately designed with beads or gems. Don’t be afraid to be picky about your dry cleaner! If you need help finding a reliable one, contact our Montreal wedding boutique at (514) 694-6382 for a step in the right direction.
Wedding Dress Repairs
Being picky about your dry cleaner is one thing, now it’s time to be picky about your seamstress. Your seamstress should be familiar with the delicacy of a wedding dress, so you have no risk of potential damages. Some Montreal wedding boutiques will offer repair services for the dresses they sell. If not, make sure you have a professional seamstress in mind that can take on the task of properly repairing your wedding dress and will provide the utmost care and skill.
Preparing for Storage
Before you store a wedding dress, make sure that it is in the best possible condition so that it will remain that way until you are ready to take it out of storage. Check your wedding dress for any holes, tears, or imperfections, and make sure that it’s free of stains or discoloration. Set some time for inspection and look at the seams and any beadwork or decorations that are on the gown, as these are the most likely locations for unraveling and holes to appear. If necessary, take your wedding dress in for a cleaning. When you retrieve it from your cleaners, allow it to hang properly for at least two days and then you may place it in storage. Take the dress in for cleaning or repairs if necessary, and allow it to hang for at least one to two days after a cleaning before placing it into storage. This way, you can make sure that there is no chemical residue on your dress.
Storing a Wedding dress
Never store a dress in a plastic container or covered with a plastic bag. Plastic allows the release of chemicals that will turn your white wedding dress yellow. It may also make the dress more delicate and more prone to damages. Fold your dress carefully and place it into an acid-free storage box. These are sold specifically for wedding dresses. The wedding dress should be wrapped in fabric to protect it from the cardboard of the storage box. After that, place the box in a dry, cool area. Preferably where the heat and humidity stay consistent. Don’t ever store the box in the attic or basement.
Follow these simple precautions to save your dress for future generations or to keep it as a long-lasting memory. Following these steps will keep your wedding dress looking brand new for years to come.
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